Tehran confirms Russian bombers deployment in Iran (UPDATE)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 16
By Fatih Karimov – Trend:
Head of Iran’s National Security Council Ali Shamkhani has said Tehran and Moscow are sharing facilities and capacities in the fight against terrorism.
He made the remarks while reacting to reports about deployment of Russian bombers in Iran, the state-run IRINN TV reported Aug. 16.
“The Tehran-Moscow cooperation in fighting terrorism in Syria is strategic and we exchange capacities and facilities in this regard,” added Shamkhani.
“With extensive and constructive cooperation between Iran, Russia, Syria and the resistance front [Lebanese Hezbollah group], the situation has became very difficult for terrorists,” Shamkhani said, adding the process will continue with start of new and widespread military operations until a full destruction of terrorist groups.
Earlier in the day, Russia said its Tu-22M3 and Su-34 bombers are deployed in Iran and from there the aircraft are hitting the “Islamic State” (IS) terrorist group in Syria.
The Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bombers and Sukhoi Su-34 strike fighters, taking off from Iran’s Hamadan Airbase, have hit the positions of the IS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups in Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor and Idlib, RIA Novosti reported citing a Russian Defense Ministry message Aug. 16.
After the sorties, the bombers returned to the base in Iran.